ArkivDigital Free Access Through November 10 #archives #sweden #scandinavia
Jan Meisels Allen
Starting today through Sunday, November 10 ArkivDigital is offering free access. You can browse for free more than 85 million photographed color images of their collections which include religious records, more than 160 million register posts searchable by name estate inventories, tax registers, military rolls, spy documents, passenger ship manifests, and more. You can search by name in the household congregation books for all of Sweden between 1860 and 1947. Also available are millions of aerial photos of Sweden.
You are required to register first. Go to: https://www.arkivdigital.net/users/register You need to provide your name, email address , street address and password. No credit card information is requested. Then start the program in your browsers: Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Edge. If you have previously registered you do not have to reregister.
After you have registered click on "start the program" –the blue button". You can select English or Swedish as the language of choice in the upper right hand corner. They recommend Chrome as your browser for the best functionality. You will have to insert your email address and password again.
If you think you might not have ancestors from Sweden, there have been Jews in Sweden since the early 1700’s. albeit a small population. Sweden opened its doors to Jews during WWII and again in 1956 when Jews were fleeing Hungary and then again when fleeing Communists in 1968. According to the Jewish Virtual Library the Jewish population increased tremendously between 1850 and 1920 due to immigration from Russia and Poland. The population reached nearly 6,500 in 1920. Small groups of German, Austrian, and Czech Jews were allowed to immigrate to Sweden during the 1930's. Once the Nazi brutalities were known Sweden opened its doors to Jews. In 1942, Sweden allowed the immigration of 900 Norwegian Jews. In October 1943, Sweden gave asylum to more than 8,000 Danish Jews, the whole Danish Jewish community, which came to Sweden via small fishing boats. The Jewish population doubled between 1945-1970.
Questions on this can be sent to ArkivDigital in Swedish time to kundtjanst@...
I have no affiliation with ArkivDigital and am posting this solely for the information of the readers.
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee